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Brawn warns against premature celebration


Despite locking out the front row of the grid for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, the Brawn GP team has admitted that it is taking nothing for granted for its race debut.

The team, which emerged from the ashes of the former Honda F1 operation just four weeks before the trip to Melbourne, has shown prodigious pace in both pre-season testing and in the early stages of the Melbourne weekend, but has to really test itself over a race distance, especially in the heat of competition.

As a result, eponymous team boss Ross Brawn is insisting that no-one should get carried away after Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello claimed the top two positions in qualifying at Albert Park.

"Watching our two cars top the timesheets throughout qualifying capped an excellent day for the team, which began with the announcement of our new partnership with Virgin," Brawn admitted, "But, whilst this is a great achievement and gives both drivers an excellent opportunity in the race tomorrow, the job is only half done and our full focus is now on getting the best result possible in the race."

The two Brawn BGP001s ran throughout the second day of the Melbourne meeting with fresh Virgin logos adorning the front and side bodywork, ahead of what is expected to become a bigger relationship with one of the most recognisable brands in the world, and Virgin boss Richard Branson was present in the team's garage to celebrate its amazing debut performance.

Having had to give best to Williams' Nico Rosberg on the opening day, and even into the third free practice session on Saturday morning, Brawn duo Button and Barrichello moved to the front of the field in qualifying, sharing the various phases of the knock-out session between them.

"The track conditions were more favourable than we experienced yesterday, and we found that the tyres worked in a more conventional way," Brawn reported, "In addition, the changes that we had made following yesterday's practice sessions proved positive and both drivers had a well-balanced car which allowed them to concentrate on maximising the lap times.

"I would like to pay credit to Jenson, Rubens and the whole team, both here and at our factory, for their achievement today and to Mercedes-Benz for their invaluable support over the past few months."


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